Dental implants are a popular and effective option for replacing missing teeth, but as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. Some of the problems that can occur with dental implants include infection at the time of the procedure or during the healing process, implant rejection, nerve damage, and other issues.
The good news is that there are a number of other options besides dental implants. Here are just a few to consider:
Dentures as an Alternative to Dental Implants
Dentures are a common alternative to dental implants. They are a removable prosthetic device that replaces missing teeth.
Dentures can be either partial or full and are made of acrylic, metal or a combination of both. They are designed to fit snugly over the gums and are held in place by suction or a dental adhesive.
Dentures can be easily removed for cleaning, and they should be removed at night to allow the gums to rest.
Bridges as an Option Other Than Dental Implants
Bridges are another alternative to dental implants.
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is anchored to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth. Bridges can be made of a variety of materials, such as metal, porcelain, or a combination of both.
Bridges are custom-made and cemented in place. A bridge cannot be removed once it is in place. They are a good option for people who have only one or two missing teeth.
Resin-bonded bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they use resin or adhesive to bond the false tooth to the remaining natural teeth. These bridges are typically used for front teeth and not as strong as traditional bridges. They are a more affordable option and not as invasive as traditional bridges.
Dental Crowns as an Alternative to Dental Implants
Dental crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape and function. Crowns are made of a variety of materials, such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both.
Of course, this will only be an effective alternative to a dental implant if it is possible for at least part of the tooth or teeth to be saved.
Which Option Other Than Dental Implants Is Right for Me?
Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on various factors, such as the number of missing teeth, the condition of your remaining natural teeth, and your overall oral health. A consultation with Dison Family Dentistry will help you determine the best option for you.
Call now to set up your first appointment and learn more about options other than dental implants that are right for your situation.